Happy Friday! It’s been a busy and fun week. Last night I went to an event hosted by the MKE Mom’s Blog – a private screening of Bad Moms Christmas with wine, swag bags, and giveaways. The event was really fun (it was packed! sold out two theaters!) and the movie was hilarious. This weekend I’m looking forward to date night in, catching up on This Is Us, a pumpkin party, trick-or-treat, and hopefully starting season 2 of Stranger Things!
Sit Means Sit dog training
Axel just got home from a 10 day immersion training with Sit Means Sit dog training. I cannot believe how perfect he is now!! Sit Means Sit uses the Sport Dog collars, which use stimulation (a TENS unit) to get the dog’s attention, not to be confused with a shock collar that is used to correct bad behavior. We sent him to training because he was pretty well trained before, but was not the best when around distractions (like other dogs) or off leash, and he had SO much energy that we had to walk him 2-3 hours a day to get his energy out. Now we can do training with him for shorter periods during the day and the mental energy he uses to follow our commands burns a lot of his excess energy off. The training was an investment but totally worth it in my opinion!
Fall Comfort Food
I made this Crockpot French Onion Soup and Pumpkin Grilled Cheese for dinner this week and it was the perfect fall comfort food meal! I used Udi’s GF bread and Miyokos Creamery vegan mozzarella for my sandwich and it was nice and toasty on the outside and gooey melty on the inside. I’m also making this Fra Diavolo (but with lobster instead of shrimp) for at-home date night tonight, and this Nutty Harvest Honeycrisp Kale salad for a pumpkin party tomorrow.
Is it better to say nothing than to say the wrong thing?
Do you listen to Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast? This week I listened to Episode 140: A Very Special Episode on the Right and Wrong Things to Say. Gretchen and her sister talk about going to Oprah’s gospel brunch and then about the right and wrong things to say to someone in various circumstances – after a death, going through cancer, going through a divorce, struggling with infertility, someone of a different racial background, etc. They also discuss whether it is better to say nothing at all than to risk saying the wrong thing. I really enjoyed this episode and I think it’s something everyone should listen to and practice. In my opinion, it’s not about being more PC, it’s about being empathetic and acknowledging someone’s experience and/or pain. I also love Brene Brown’s video on empathy – I always go back to and rewatch it when I need a reminder.
The Best Yes
I’m currently reading The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. It’s one of the four books I have in progress – does anyone else read multiple books at one time? I’m usually reading one to two fictions, one self-help book (like this one), and one parenting/baby book all at the same time. It is taking me longer than before to finish books these days (compared to pre-baby) so I’m really hoping to get through this without having to renew it from the library! Also on my parenting/baby book list: The Danish Way of Parenting, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, and Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline.
Diaper Bag Dupe
I ordered this Fawn diaper bag dupe from Amazon and I’m loving it! The leather and hardware are both nice, it’s a good size, and has all the pockets you need. Plus it comes in 6 colors and has extra straps to convert it from a backpack to shoulder bag and to hang on your stroller. I highly recommend it!